Using Small Frames for Displaying Favorite Shells (DIY Gift Idea)…

Display special shells in open frames


I hope you all have had a great week so far! I’m still recouperating from all of the sugar shock from celebrating my daughter’s 9th Birthday over the weekend. I cannot tell you how much sugar we ate from cupcakes in a jar, every kind of gummy stuff  and a little Pop Rocks. Ugh!!

I really can’t believe that my girl is 9 all ready! She is growing up too fast for me. She has the biggest heart and is really blooming and I am so proud of her.  She continues to take my breath away each day:


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I’m the luckiest Momma in the world (pass the kleenex please..)  Happy Birthday baby girl!!

So Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I thought I would share one of my favorite projects that would be an easy DIY gift idea for Mom, or something special to do for yourself.  Small open frames are one of the prettiest ways to display little things like an antique pin, intaglios or special shells. These little frames can be used either placed on a desk or bookshelf:


Display special shells in small open frames


DIY open framed shells {The Creativity Exchange}


or they can be hung on a wall in a grouping:


Display special shells in small open frames {The Creativity Exchange}


Display special shells in small open frames with textured mats {The Creativity Exchange}

Either way, this is a really easy {and inexpensive way} way to create beautiful framed art with something treasured.

I like to use small square desk frames that I find at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby like this for framing my little treasures:


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I open the back of the frame, remove the glass and the cut out a piece of adhesive mat stack (fabric card stock) and attach it to the frame insert backing. I then hot glue a shell to the mat and close up the frame:

Adhesive Fabric Mat Boards



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DIY open framed shells {The Creativity Exchange}


If I’m going to hang the frames on a wall, I just add a small wall hanger to the back of the frame:

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If you want to make a frame with a special shell or something else, you can just wrap your finished frame with cellophane and tie with a bow and write a sweet note about where the shell/treasure came from:


DIY framed shell gift idea


If you have a shell that you found with your Mom or child, this would be such a special gift idea! If you have any ideas of little treasures that we could frame, please share your thoughts in the comment section.  I know there are all kinds of things we could come up with!

Well friends, I hope the rest of your week is fabulous!  If you happened to miss this week’s Color Palette Monday, you can catch up on that post by clicking the image directly below.  This palette is my favorite so far!


Transitional Paint Color Palette {Color Palette Monday #3} The Creativity Exchange




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4 Responses to Using Small Frames for Displaying Favorite Shells (DIY Gift Idea)…

  1. Janie Farmer says:

    I LOVE this idea but, was wondering about how to keep the shells from collecting dust. Seal/varnish,etc them?

    • Cyndy says:

      Thanks Janie! I have shells and coral all over my home and do not have a dust problem with them. Every now and then I go through and dust but I have never noticed dust collecting on them. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Megan says:

    What a beautiful idea, Cyndy! Happy belated to your daughter! That picture of her is so sweet.

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